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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$101,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$816
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%

Abilene Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    109
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    739
    500
  • Theft
    2,541
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    205
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,108
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Abilene is an average-sized city, which makes driving to places quick and easy. There are a fair amount of stores and restaurants, though if you have a specific taste in fashion or food, you may have to shop online or travel elsewhere. You may here people complain that there is nothing to do in Abilene, but they have not been looking close enough! Abilene has many events, such as the monthly Art Walk, which features local art, and Philharmonic events.
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Abilene is a mid-sized town in around the center of Texas. Abilene is a good balance between big city and small town. Just as Austin, Texas has the saying, "Keep Austin Weird," Abilene has the saying, "Keep Abilene Boring." The people here are very nice and while Abilene has the most churches per capita in the US according to some sources, there is a lot of diversity in ideas and beliefs anywhere from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Abilene is also known as the storybook capital of Texas because of the storybook theme downtown with decorations such as statues from Horton Hears a Who! Abilene is somewhat small at the moment, but is rapidly growing.
I love the small town cozy feel for the neighborhoods, very wide streets and lots and lots of tall trees line the roadway. Great place to raise a family and there are three major colleges in town. The downside is just that there is nothing to do! I moved here recently and it's extremely difficult to meet friends. It's seems all the college students leave the city after they graduate and dont stay and create new, innovative and culturally diverse businesses or venues.